Ongoing Children's Programs

 

Learn more about "Reading to the Dogs" & "Reading to the Cat and Dogs" - Read the article below the monthly children's department news to learn more about these programs.  Check the monthly news to learn the date and location of the reading sessions. There are no programs in May or August.  Registration is always required by the day before the reading session.  You may register by phone or in person.

Lapsit for babies & toddlers who are too young to sit quietly for the regular story time and their parents or other caregivers.  Mondays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am in the Children's Program Room. Lead by Volunteer Amanda Barche Lindberg from Ivy Tech. This is a good opportunity for families to make new friends and have fun at the library.

Story time is held each Tuesday at 10:30 am, Thursday at 4:00 pm, and Friday at 10:30 am in the Children's Program Room. Come and listen to Miss Linda read stories and help children create a craft. Parents and caregivers are expected to attend with their children. Programs are designed for 2 to 5 year olds, but older children are welcome to attend. 

Many other special programs are held throughout the year.

Children's Department News - June 2015

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Weekly Events

Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
Story times are for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers.
Location: Children's Activity Room. No Registration

Lap Sit every Monday at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. in the children's activity room, first floor.
This program is for babies, toddlers, and their parents or caregivers. Make new friends, listen to simple stories, and learn finger plays and songs. Free; no registration.
Our lap sit leader, Amanda, will be leaving us after May 25. On June 1, our outreach librarian, Beth, will be in charge of the program. After June 1, we will open the activity room for a social/playtime for parents and their babies and toddlers. If anyone is a preschool teacher or has a degree in early childhood education and would like to volunteer to lead the lap sit, please talk to Linda, our children's librarian, or to Nick, our library director.

Activities for children in June – Not part of the Summer Reading Program

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Reading to the Cat and Dogs!
Saturday, June 27 Time: 2 to 3 p.m. Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms
Important: Registration is required by Friday, June 26.
Presented by members of Caring Paws. Come and read to a certified therapy cat or dog. Readers should bring a book from home or select one when they arrive at the library. This program is for children ages 4 and older.

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2015 Summer Reading Program: "Every Hero Has a Story!"

           Our summer reading program is for children who are age 2 through those who have just completed grade 6.

           Participants will receive a bag, a bookmark, and a reading record form on which they will list the books they read or the time they spend reading during the summer. Parents of pre-school children will record the titles of books that they read to their children.  Registration for the summer reading club will begin on May 26.

          Children will collect prizes during June and July as they work toward and reach their reading goals.

         There will be many changes in the reading program this summer, in order to make it easier for our families, who are all very busy. Children will only need to come to the library 2 times to collect their prizes. Also, instead of a contest, we are planning a library party on Saturday, July 25, for all children, teens, and adults who participated in the summer reading clubs. The time of the party and more details will be announced in July.

          There will be special events for all children and their families and caregivers during June and July. Check the website and posters in the library for more information about the events and for programs that are added after the reading club enrollment.

          Are your kids too busy to join the reading club? The special programs hosted by the children's department are open to all children, not just those who are enrolled in the club.

         There will be summer reading programs for teens and adults again this summer. Plan to enroll at the same time you enroll your children. It's fast and easy! Check the adult and teen pages of our web site for information about enrollment and programs.

                                                                                                                              

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Summer Reading Club: Important Dates to Remember

Register: May 26 to July 17
Read: May 26 to July 31
Collect Prizes: June 10 to August 15
Summer Reading Club Party: July 25

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Special Events in June

All programs are free and open to children of all ages and their families or caregivers. (Tickets will be issued for the Zoo Mobile .5 hour before the program starts.)

Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms; Time: 2 to 3 p.m., unless noted with *

Please note:  Children 8 years old & younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Please check our web site one week before the program for more details about the event. westlafayettepubliclibrary.org

Wednesday, June 3: Be amazed and delighted by Magician Rocky Killion.
Saturday, June 6: Zoo Mobile at 2:00 & 3:00. Free tickets will be issued beginning at 1:30 for the 2:00 program & at 2:30 for the 3:00 program. Focus age: 4 & older. Limit of 35 people at the zoo circle per program. Parents may sit in the room and watch the program, but they will not be counted in the group of 35 participants.
Wednesday, June 10: Children's Concert by Neal Fitzpatrick, guitarist and dulcimer player from Connecticut.  There will be audience participation!
*Saturday, June 13: Lego Club for children of all ages. Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.; Walnut & Elm Rooms.
Wednesday, June 17: Movie Day with free popcorn; bring your own beverages. (Check the movie poster in the children's department for the name of the movie. We are not allowed to publicize the title outside of the library or on the website.)
Saturday, June 20: "Superhero Afternoon"

          Superhero drawing workshops with graphic artist Jake McGill; Walnut & Elm rooms
               Ages 9 & 10: 2 to 3 p.m.
               Ages 11 & 12: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

         "Make a Superhero Cape" for ages 3 to 8; 2 to 4 p.m., Children's Activity Room. BRING A CLEAN, USED T-SHIRT & turn it into a superhero cape! (Wear old clothes, because we will use non-washable (permanent) fabric markers.) Children 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult at this activity.

Wednesday, June 24: To Be Announced

 

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Children's Department News - May 2015

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May News

Preschool Story Times
Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
Story times are for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers.
Location: Children's Activity Room. Free; no registration

May 5, 7 & 8: Family stories: Knitting Together and Mama Seeton's Whistle.
May 12, 14 & 15: New animal stories: You Can Do It, Bert, and Wild About Us!
May 19, 21 & 22: The Wheels on the Race Car and other race car stories.
May 26, 28 & 29: Silly stories: No, Silly, You Are (Not) Small, and No, No Kitten.

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Lap Sit every Monday at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. in the Children's Activity Room.
This program is for babies, toddlers, and their parents or caregivers. Make new friends while listening to simple stories and learning finger plays and songs. Free; no registration.
No lap sit programs on May 25, as the library will be closed.

***The Library will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day ***

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***Special Programs for children and their Families or Caregivers***

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Lego Club
Saturday, May 9      Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Walnut & Elm Rooms

Children in preschool through grade 6 will have the opportunity to build with the library's collection of Lego blocks. Children who are 8 & younger must be accompanied by an adult. No fee or registration. Come and build and have fun! The children's creations will be placed on display in cases on the first floor near the entrance to the children's department for 4 weeks.

 

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2015 Summer Reading Program: "Every Hero Has a Story!"

Our summer reading program is for children who are age 2 through those who have just completed grade 6.

Participants will receive a bag, a bookmark, and a reading record form on which they will list the books they read or the time they spend reading during the summer. Parents of pre-school children will record the titles of books that they read to their children.

Registration for the summer reading club will begin on May 26.

Children will collect prizes during June and July as they work toward and reach their reading goals.

There will be many changes in the reading program this summer, in order to make it easier for our families, who are all very busy. Children will only need to come to the library 2 times to collect their prizes. Also, instead of a contest, we are planning a library party on July 25th for all children, teens, and adults who participated in the summer reading clubs.  The time and details about the party will be announced in July.

There will be special events for all children and their families and caregivers during June and July, including a visiting musician, a cartoon workshop, a "make a super hero cape day," craft days, a yoga workshop, and extra Lego Club sessions. We plan to have the Zoo Mobile from Columbian Park Zoo visit us on Saturday, June 6.

Are your kids too busy to join the reading club? The programs hosted by the children's department are open to all children, not just those who are enrolled in the club.

Check the web site and posters in the library for dates and times of the many exciting events for children, teens, and adults at your library.

Summer Reading Club Important Dates to Remember

Register: May 26 to July 17
Read: May 26 to July 31
Collect Prizes: June 10 to August 15
Summer Reading Club Party: July 25

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Reading to the Dogs & Cat

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Reading to the Cat and Dogs! and Reading to the Dogs!

     At the West Lafayette Public Library, we are very fortunate to have members of two different therapy animal organizations bring their registered therapy animals to the library about 9 or 10 times a year. Children reserve a 15 minute time period for reading to the therapy animals. They may check out books at the library to read or bring favorite books from home. The reading dates are announced on the children's web page, in the children's department newsletter, and on posters in the children's department. At the end of the reading session, families with children who are not yet reading are welcome to visit the animals and talk to their partners.  When people first hear about reading to therapy animals, their usual response is "Why would anyone want to read to a dog?" or "Do the dogs really listen?" The members of the Caring Paws organizations believe that dogs have a calming effect on most children and have helped children improve their read-a-loud skills.

     Therapy animals have been coming to the WLPL for 8 years.  The children's department is very happy to sponsor this popular program and appreciates greatly the people who volunteer time to bring their much-loved pets to the library.  The animals come about 9 times a year.  Please check the events section of the children's web site to learn when the next visit will be.

About Caring Paws

     Caring Paws is a non-profit, volunteer organization based in the Greater Lafayette area.  Caring Paws members visit nursing homes, retirement centers, schools, hospitals, and libraries seeking trained and registered therapy animals to interact with their patients, residents, and students.

     All Caring Paws volunteer teams have been evaluated by a major national animal therapy organization, Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society).  With a registered therapy animal, a facility can be assured of a visit from a pet and partner who will provide a safe and enjoyable experience.

     The teams that are insured by Pet Partners present the "Reading to the Cat and Dogs!" programs. Some of the animals who visit the library are the cat, Grizzley, and the dogs Breeze, Calvin, Neville, and Sydney.

     For more information, please contact the Caring Paws web site: www.caring-paws.org or the Pet Partners site: www.petpartners.org

     All therapy animals are current on vaccinations and insured by the groups.

 

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Therapy Dogs International (TDI)

     Therapy Dogs International (TDI) was formed in 1976 in New Jersey so that dogs could be certified, insured and registered as volunteer Therapy Dogs. All registered dogs have been tested for therapy dog work by certified TDI evaluators and are current on vaccinations. While many dogs provide companionship in the home, not all dogs are qualified or have the temperament suited to be a therapy dog.

      TDI Chapter 267 is a Greater Lafayette Chapter of Therapy Dogs International. Our local volunteer teams visit schools, mental health facilities, nursing homes, camps for children and are wonderful tail waggin' tutors at library reading programs. For more information about our organization, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

      At the WLPL, our program is publicized as "Reading to the Dogs."  Some of the dogs who visit the library are Daisy, Champ, Frankie, Java, Jill, & Sugar.  TDI members also present a program on dog safety about once a year, as a service to our community.

     

 

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